The rapid surge of Bird flu, which was earlier found in crows in Madhya Pradesh, has now spread to poultry, as samples from chicken shops in Indore and Neemuch testing positive.
The spread has been reported among the shikra in Khargone, and Bagula (heron) birds in Khandwa districts.
The bird flu outbreak has been detected among dead crows and other birds in eight districts, including Indore, Agar-Malwa, Neemuch, Mandsaur, Khargone, Dewas, Guna, and Khandwa.
The state government has directed authorities in Indore and Neemuch districts to immediately close all poultry shops for the next seven days, it added.
They have also been asked to collect samples of migratory birds from near water bodies and send them to Bhopal for testing. In the other five districts too, preventive measures should be taken, the advisory said.